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After contemplating for quite some time over these wheels, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered them from Tirerack today along with a set of Sumitomo HTR Z II 215/40-17 tires. In terms of design and specs, these are exactly what I was looking for: 17X7.5, 40 offset which would mount as close as possible to the edge of the fenders while avoiding the all too common "Stanced" look you see here in Southern California. Out the door price came out to $1176 which includes TPMS sensors and mount and balance... not too bad I might say. The only downside is having to wait another month and a half before I see these but it will be worth the wait. I'll be sure to post pics once I have them mounted for anyone else here who might be on the fence in regards to these wheels.
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Awaiting pics for my decision. I've been looking at these but unfortunately tirerack.com doesn't have any images of them on the car you can look at.
 

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Those are the wheel that I have been looking at as well. I look forward to your pics. I will be going with 215/45/17 Michelin Pilot Super Sports.
 

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Those are the wheel that I have been looking at as well. I look forward to your pics. I will be going with 215/45/17 Michelin Pilot Super Sports.
It's only been a week since I ordered the wheels and I'm already anxious. One more month to go. I'm sure the 215/45-17 tires will help reduce the harshness of the ride but I'm trying to stay close to the OEM diameter. The Michelins would be nice though.
 

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i just custom ordered some Team Dyanamics Pro Race 1.2s in Anthracite with the same specs, 17x7.5 et40. It seems like the best fitment option, i just hope the offset isnt too low, like you said i want the best fitment while avoiding the "stance" scene at all costs.
 

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i just custom ordered some Team Dyanamics Pro Race 1.2s in Anthracite with the same specs, 17x7.5 et40. It seems like the best fitment option, i just hope the offset isnt too low, like you said i want the best fitment while avoiding the "stance" scene at all costs.
Those wheels are gorgeous! They're going to really give your car the complete euro look. I came close to ordering a set in high power silver for my 2012 fiesta but decided I didn't have the patience to wait 6 months for special order. The specs shouldnt pose a problem since Pumaspeed was able to fit 17x8 XXR wheels with a similar offset with no issues. Bojix helped me with some measurements and everything seemed ok so I'm not worried. Installing 225 tires would probably cause rubbing but that's why I went with 215. Either way, looking forward to seeing those pro race wheels on your car!
 

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Those wheels are gorgeous! They're going to really give your car the complete euro look. I came close to ordering a set in high power silver for my 2012 fiesta but decided I didn't have the patience to wait 6 months for special order. The specs shouldnt pose a problem since Pumaspeed was able to fit 17x8 XXR wheels with a similar offset with no issues. Bojix helped me with some measurements and everything seemed ok so I'm not worried. Installing 225 tires would probably cause rubbing but that's why I went with 215. Either way, looking forward to seeing those pro race wheels on your car!
Thanks! I'm planning on running 215/40s as well. I'm still yet to decide on a tire but the Z2s seem to be a popular choice for the FiST. Man I can't wait to get these wheels! It's going to be a long six weeks but they should arrive just in time for this brutal northeast winter to be over. Thank god I invested in winter tires I probably would have died three times by now on the stock summers.

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I have to admit, us folks in California really lucked out with this weather but we're desperately in need of rain. A change of seasons would be nice. Yeah, a lot of people here are using the Z2s but I have also heard that they're noisy and don't offer a lot of thread life but that's expected out of performance tires. My ST is a do it all commuter so I have to have something that's fairly comfortable and will last me at least a year or two. Cheers to waiting another month or so for our wheels.
 

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I'm waiting for lots of people to start experimenting with wheel choices. I want to go with a euro style on mine. So I want to see how wheels look. For different color combinations. Good luck hope they look great.
 

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Just found out today that the ETA on these wheels have been pushed back til 4/15.... come on Sparco, get moving!
 

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Thats frustrating! Hopefully mine don't get pushed at all. I've heard PCA is usually spot on with delivery estimates. This wait is KILLING me! It will be worth it though for sure.
 

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It's funny how even as adults, ordering parts for our cars is like Christmas all over again! Except for the fact that we have less patience the older we get. Just have ro remind ourselves that it is worth the wait :)
 

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Does anyone have a weight for these yet? TireRack doesn't list one...
 

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Let us know how the Sumitomos work too.

I'm looking at that as a cheap street tire and Tire Rack's testing seems to suggest it might be quite good.
 

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Alright guys, so I have them mounted on the ST but it's now too dark to take pictures so I will post them tomorrow morning. So here are my observations in regards to the wheels and tires:

- I would not considered these wheels light; combined weight with tire weighed in at 41.5 lbs. each.
- The finish is more of a satin finish, not truly matte and looks absolutely amazing in person but that would be a biased opinion ;)
- The offset of 40 with the 215/40 tire is in my opinion, perfect. In the front, the wheel/tire sits nearly flush with the fender and so far I don't notice any rubbing. Guys using anything wider might experience rubbing but it depends on the manufacturer's tread width. As for the rear, the stance is definitely wider but will probably accommodate a wider tire setup.
- The Sumitomo HTZ II tires are known to have softer sidewalls which would explain the slightly more comfortable ride with reduced road noise. For the price of $75(215/40-17) and $69(205/40-17) each, I don't think you could find a better tire for commuting. I can't comment on performance yet since I haven't had the chance to really push it because of the random rainfall.
- Last but not least, I absolutely love how these wheels look. The contrast between the Oxford white and black wheels just pops out at you. This set-up was what I have been looking for. The stance and style fulfills both function and form. Also, the open lug nuts from 2Jracing looks great with these wheels and doesn't stick out too far like traditional tuner lugs like Muteki. I can't wait to show you guys what the total package looks like tomorrow!
 
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